Thursday, 21 September 2017
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Physical Therapy

physical therapy2In practical terms, Physical Therapy has been defined as a form of healthcare that looks at the body as a whole and identifies how a disease, injury, or impairment affects that body from operating at its normal full potential, and then assists the patient to prevent, correct, or alleviate the source of their problem.

People frequently seek physical therapy to address movement dysfunctions of musculoskeletal or neuromuscular origins involving the spine, joints and their surrounding muscles and soft tissue. A detailed physical therapy examination will assist the patient in identifying the underlying cause of their movement dysfunction, and will aid the licensed physical therapist in development of a specific treatment plan aimed at assisting the patient to correct or adapt to their movement dysfunction.

Physical Therapy also strives to promote optimum human health and function through both prevention and rehabilitation. Many of the most frequent problems that physical therapist’s treat include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work-related Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscle Strains
  • Sacroiliac Injuries
  • Bursitis & Tendonitis
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Auto Injuries/Whiplash
  • Knee and Ankle Injuries
  • Hand Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain & Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Gait/Ambulation Dysfunctions
  • Arthritis
  • Leg & Hip Pain
  • Muscle Strains
  • Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries & Repair
  • Herniated Discs
  • Numbness or Tingling
  • Burns/Wounds

 

See our Physical Therapists.

Occupational Therapy

searcy-occupational-therapyOccupational therapy is a treatment that focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives.

Occupational therapy deals with:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual-perceptual skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Sensory-processing deficits.

 

Occupational Therapy For Children

OT can offer kids with various needs positive, fun activities to improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem.

When an Occupational Therapist is working with a child, they are working primarily on playing and learning. An Occupational Therapist can evaluate a child's skills for play activities, school performance, and activities of daily living and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. One of the activities that occupational therapists can address to meet children's needs is working on fine motor skills so that kids can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills. Occupational therapists also address hand–eye coordination to improve play skills, such as hitting a target, batting a ball, or copying from a blackboard.

According to American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), kids with the following medical problems may benefit from OT:

  • birth injuries or birth defects
  • sensory processing/integrative disorders
  • traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
  • learning problems
  • autism
  • pervasive developmental disorders
  • juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • mental health or behavioral problems
  • broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
  • developmental delays
  • post-surgical conditions
  • burns
  • spina bifida
  • traumatic amputations
  • cancer
  • severe hand injuries
  • multiple sclerosis
  • cerebral palsy
  • other chronic illnesses

An occupational therapist can also:

  • Help kids with severe developmental delays learn some basic tasks, such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves
  • Help kids with behavioral disorders learn anger-management techniques (i.e., instead of hitting others or acting out, the children would learn positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity)
  • Teach kids with physical disabilities the coordination skills required to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting
  • Evaluate each child's needs for specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, or dressing devices.
  • Work with kids who have sensory and attention issues to improve focus and social skills

See our Occupational Therapists.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy focuses on

  1. Receptive language - the ability to understand words spoken to you
  2. Expressive language - the ability to use words to express yourself.

  It also deals with the mechanics of producing words, such as

  • Articulation
  • Pitch
  • Fluency
  • Volume

Adults may need speech therapy after a stroke or traumatic accident that changes their ability to use language; for children, it generally involves pursuing milestones that have been delayed. Some children only need help with language, others have the most problems with the mechanics of speech, and some need every kind of speech help there is available.

See our Speech Therapists.